WASHINGTON -- With Congress down to what may be its final two weeks of work for this year, state and local issuers are making a last-ditch attempt to get lawmakers to enact a tax simplification bill containing several provisions that would benefit tax-exempt bonds.

The bill in question was passed by the House Ways and Means Committee in November 1993 and by the full House last May, but has !anguished in the Senate since then.

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